Yearbook of International Religious Demography 2016


The Yearbook of International Religious Demography presents an annual snapshot of the state of religious statistics around the world. Every year large amounts of data are collected through censuses, surveys, polls, religious communities, scholars, and a host of other sources. These data are collated and analyzed by research centers and scholars around the world. Large amounts of data appear in analyzed form in the World Religion Database (Brill), aiming at a researcher’s audience. The Yearbook presents data in sets of tables and scholarly articles spanning social science, demography, history, and geography. Each issue offers findings, sources, methods, and implications surrounding international religious demography. Each year an assessment is made of new data made available since the previous issue of the yearbook.

Contributors are: Todd Johnson, Gina Zurlo, Peter Crossing, Juan Cruz Esquivel, Fortunato Mallimaci, Annalisa Butticci, Brian Grim, Philip Connor, Ken Chitwood, Vegard Skirbekk, Marcin Stonawski, Rodrigo Franklin de Sousa, Davis Brown, Juan Carlos Esparza Ochoa, and Maria Concepción Servín Nieto.

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Brian J. Grim, Ph.D. (2005), Pennsylvania State University, is President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, an affiliated scholar at Georgetown and Boston Universities, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s council on the role of faith.

Todd M. Johnson, Ph.D. (1993), William Carey International University, is Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford, 2001) and co-editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh, 2009).

Vegard Skirbekk, Ph.D. (2005), Rostock University, is a professor at Columbia University. His research is on religious fertility differentials and the global distribution and future of religion.

Gina A. Zurlo (Ph.D. candidate), Boston University, is a Research Associate at Boston University’s Institute of Culture, Religion and World Affairs and Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.


Preface to the annual series
List of illustrations
Editors and contributors

Part I: Religious demographic data

Chapter 1: The world by religion
Todd M. Johnson, Gina A. Zurlo, and Peter F. Crossing

Chapter 2: Religions by continent
Todd M. Johnson, Gina A. Zurlo, and Peter F. Crossing

Part II: Case studies and methodology
Chapter 3: “Religious Beliefs and Practices in Argentina: An Approach from Quantitative Data”
Juan Cruz Esquivel and Fortunato Mallimaci

Chapter 4: “African Pentecostal Churches in Italy: A Troubled Presence in a Catholic Country”
Annalisa Butticci

Chapter 5: “Changing Religion, Changing Economies: Future Global Religious and Economic Growth”
Brian J. Grim and Phillip Connor

Chapter 6: “Exploring Islam in the Americas from Demographic and Ethnographic Perspectives”
Ken Chitwood

Chapter 7: “Faith and Health Globally”
Vegard Skirbekk and Marcin Stonawski

Chapter 8: “Shifting Christian Identities in Brazil: What the Numbers (Do Not) Show”
Rodrigo Franklin de Sousa

Chapter 9: “Religious Demographics and Democracy”
Davis Brown

Part III: Data sources

Chapter 10: “Data Sources”
Juan Carlos Esparza Ochoa and María Concepción Servín Nieto

World religions by country

The Yearbook is a reference book primarily aimed at scholars, government officials, journalists, and others who are interested in the numbers and analysis of religious adherents around the world.
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